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Nevada Basketball Recruiting: Wolf Pack gets commitment from three star prospect Kenneth Wooten

Eric Musselman and the Nevada basketball program picked up their first verbal commitment for 2016 with center Kenneth Wooten committing to the Wolf Pack.

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The Nevada Wolf Pack picked up a commitment for its 2016 recruiting class on Monday when center Kenneth Wooten verbally committed to the Nevada.

The 6 foot 8, 205 lbs Wooten is from Mateca, California, and is listed by as a three star prospect who also received offers from Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Fresno State and George Washington before deciding on the Wolf Pack. Wooten took an unofficial visit to Nevada early this month and like what he saw from the campus.

"I really like the campus and really like the coaches and they offered me a lot," Wooten said. He also liked how Wolf Pack head coach Eric Musselman was straightforward with him during his visit of the campus. "I really liked that about him. He gave me a whole analysis on how I play. It showed he knew a lot about me and he cared."

Wooten averaged eight points, eight rebounds and five blocks as a sophomore playing for Stagg High in Stockton, California but had to sit out his junior year due to transferring to Mateca High School where he is eligible to play his senior year for the school.

Wooten is described as a raw prospect but is an explosive athlete with long arms who rebounds, defends the rim and can finish around the basket. Manteca High coach Brett Lewis said of Wooten that "He can jump out of the gym and is a threat to block any shot. He definitely can protect the rim and rebound really well and he's always a threat to throw down a big dunk."

Wooten's commitment marks the first verbal commitment for Nevada's 2016 class after Trevon Abdullah, small forward from Las Vegas, committed to Nevada for the 2017 class in August. And with Wooten's addition to the program, it does fill a need in the Wolf Pack front court as All-Mountain West center AJ West and forward Lucas Stivrins enter final year of playing for the Nevada program. The Wolf Pack hope that Wooten is the centerpiece of the Nevada Wolf Pack in the coming years.